Nearly 32 million people in the United States have some type of eczema, which is a group of skin conditions that cause skin inflammation and irritation. Eczema affects the look of your skin and may cause symptoms that affect your quality of life. At Dermatology Consultants P.A. in Miramar and Hialeah, Florida, Jose Mendez, DO, and the team of skin care experts provide comprehensive care and treatment for patients with eczema. To schedule an evaluation, contact the office nearest you by phone or book online today.
Eczema, also called dermatitis, is a general medical term that includes a group of skin conditions that cause irritation and inflammation of your skin.
Most types of eczema cause dry, itchy, scaly skin that affects the face, hands, feet, inside the elbows, or behind the knees.
Researchers are still investigating what causes the development of eczema, but theorize the skin condition may be triggered by genetic and environmental factors.
There are many types of eczema. The most common types include:
Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema. It’s caused by a malfunction in the immune system that affects the skin. Atopic refers to a group of diseases with an inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.
With contact dermatitis, you may develop skin irritation or inflammation after your skin comes in contact with a potential allergen, such as poison ivy or chemicals in your laundry detergent.
Dyshidrotic eczema typically affects the feet and hands and causes itchy blisters after exposure to allergens.
Seborrheic dermatitis affects the areas of the skin with a large number of sebaceous glands. This type of eczema causes white, flaky, oily patches of skin. Doctors theorize hormones and genetics may play a role in the development of seborrheic dermatitis.
When you come in with concerns about eczema, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation from the skin care experts at Dermatology Consultants P.A.. During your exam, your provider reviews your medical and family history and examines your skin rash.
To confirm which type of eczema you have, your provider may take a skin biopsy for further evaluation.
Treatment for your eczema is individualized based on the type and severity of your symptoms. Your provider at Dermatology Consultants P.A. works closely with you to design a treatment plan that minimizes your skin irritation and inflammation and increases your comfort and quality of life.
Treatment options may include:
If an allergic issue is involved, identifying the allergens that may be triggering your eczema and eliminating them from your environment is an additional treatment option.
Your provider also schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your skin and treatment plan and makes adjustments as needed.
For comprehensive and compassionate care for your eczema from an experienced team, call Dermatology Consultants P.A. or book an appointment online today.